In this fast-growing information
age, information is dynamic, and comes in multi-medial forms.
Aside from information is not being limited to text-based only,
information can also be in formats like graphics, audio, video or
even combination of them all. Living in such technological
explosive era, we definitely needed to have some means to manage
and retrieve the personally- relevant information for ourselves.
Obviously, the presence of search engines does help us achieve
this goal. However, while text-based search engines are popular
for text-based retrieval, search engines need to be developed for
multi-medial content. There is cast amount of information in audio
or video format that text-based search engines are incapable to
handle. So, we need search engine with the capability of browsing
through audio archives and video archives is much desired.
In this project, we are going to
focus on developing an audio search engine. It is also capable of
browsing the audio tracks of video archives. Our domain is defined
to be the multilingual news from two local television channels --
Jade and Pearl. We chose to build a search engine that supports
Cantonese, English and Putonghua, to suit the language environment
of Hong Kong.